Bupa puts First Nations Health at the centre of Reconciliation Action Plan
Bupa has launched its third Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for 2023 - 2026 which sets out how it will deepen its commitments to help improve health outcomes for First Nations Peoples in Australia.
The “Stretch RAP”, developed in consultation with Bupa’s RAP Working Group, First Nations Employee Network and external First Nations advisors focuses on improved health equity, indigenous employment and procurement along with cultural awareness and education.
In addition to an increased focus on supporting efforts to close the gap in health equity, Bupa will uplift existing efforts to purchase goods and services from First Nations suppliers and increase efforts to recruit, retain, and advance First Nations employees within the organisation.
This is complemented by an ongoing commitment to build cultural awareness and understanding with our people, our customers and the broader community.
Beyond fostering new opportunities for First Nations people within our organisation, Bupa will seek to partner with First Nations-led healthcare organisations and other institutions to help support better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Nick Stone, incoming Acting CEO for Bupa APAC, said these key focus areas reflect Bupa’s strengths and scale as a diverse health and care company and believes this where Bupa can make the most difference in its commitment to reconciliation.
Bupa’s vision for reconciliation is an Australia where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people enjoy equity and equality, and are living longer, healthier, happier lives, as we work together to make a better world.
“The conversation about how best to work with Australia’s Traditional Owners and learn from one of the oldest continuous cultures in the world is gaining momentum as we prepare for an expected referendum on a constitutional voice to Parliament, which Bupa supports.”
Bupa launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan in 2015 followed by an updated plan in 2018.
“The development of our latest Reconciliation Action Plan has been an important one for us, empowering our people to grow our understanding and awareness of First Nations cultures and reflect on the true histories and challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, families and communities.
“It has provided a framework under which we now deliver tangible social, cultural and economic benefits for and with First Nations peoples,” Mr Stone said.
To read Bupa's Reconciliation Action Plan click here.